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Telethon to air on WGAL8

The 36th annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon benefitting Penn State Children’s Hospital will air Monday, Aug. 31 through Thursday, Sept. 3 on WGAL8. The event was rescheduled from June due to COVID-19.

Now a multi-day event, telethon segments highlighting stories of children who have received life-saving care at the Children’s Hospital will air throughout the week on WGAL’s regular programming followed by a finale special on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. Gifts will support equipment, programs, and research.

Guests in this year’s event will participate virtually. The telethon theme is #KidsCantWait. Local sick and injured children can’t wait for COVID-19 to be over. They continue to need Penn State Children’s Hospital now and Children’s Miracle Network continues to provide life-saving resources. A few of the children who will be featured include:

  • 9-year-old Owen Zeager of Palmyra, who was born premature and survived a life-threatening infection. Owen designed this year’s telethon t-shirt, which will be given to donors who pledge $35 monthly.
  • 2-year-old Stella Cannon of Reading, who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Stella’s mother, Sophie Cannon, filmed a video diary about Stella’s recent hospitalizations:
  • 4-year-old Mya Beckner of Hanover, who recently underwent a procedure to remove her trach and continues to battle challenges related to her premature birth. View an article about Mya.

If you would like to feature a story about a child from your coverage area, contact Allison Mason. Telethon viewers will be encouraged to make a donation online this year at or Due to COVID-19, there will be no phone bank this year, however, donors who would like to give by phone may contact the CMN office at 717-531-6606 or mail their donation to CMN, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033.

Thank you to our Telethon Sponsors.